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Issue Number: Council I 009


Report - Beef Grinding Log Template Committee

Issue you would like the Conference to consider

The 2012 - 2014 Beef Grinding Log Template Committee has addressed the charges and recommendations from the 2012 Biennial Meeting and has prepared a report summarizing its work.

Public Health Significance

Once a food is implicated in an outbreak, it is necessary that the retail establishment quickly remove the product from the store's display or menu to prevent further illness. Of particular concern over the years is the inability to quickly and adequately traceback contaminated ground product that is in commerce to its source. To facilitate product traceback and to meet regulatory requirements, the United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA/FSIS) expects retail food establishments (as well as federally inspected establishments) to maintain and provide the USDA/FSIS with access to all applicable records associated with the source material used for ground beef products. In cases where USDA/FSIS identifies adulterated ground beef in a product, and a product recall is necessary, grinding logs will facilitate identifying the source of the product and narrowing the scope of the recall.

Recommended Solution: The Conference recommends...

acknowledging the Beef Grinding Template Committee Final Report 2012-2014;

thanking the committee members for their work; and

disbanding this committee because all charges have been completed.


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